It’s the kind of story that makes your blood boil.
And you’ll be especially infuriated if you’re a parent.
Because a Colorado official is going to court with credible claims of one horrible abuse of power.
Government officials are supposed to help the people they represent, but all too often too many abuse their own power.
Now, a former social worker in Colorado is facing credible claims of horrible crimes and disgusting behavior.
Robin Niceta is a former Colorado social worker and ex-romantic partner of an ousted police chief.
Now, an Aurora councilwoman is accusing her of “baselessly, falsely, and unconstitutionally” working to separate children from their families in a lawsuit.
According to Elliot Singer, the lawyer who prepared the lawsuit, “So far, several parents have come forward to let us know that they also had their children taken away from them as a result of Robin Niceta’s actions related to their cases whether by what they believe to be false testimony during court or what they believe to be false reports.”
Constitutionally improper investigations and false sworn testimony
The lawsuit alleges that Niceta made sexual advances towards women she was actively investigating while employed as a social worker for the Arapahoe County Department of Human Services.
It goes on to allege that if the women told her they weren’t interested in her advances, Niceta would then try to separate children from those women’s families.
It gets even worse as other accusations include falsifying abuse or neglect complaints in a bid to separate children from their parents or caretakers, introducing false testimony into judicial proceedings and introducing false and fabricated evidence into court proceedings.
Singer said, “According to the client, Niceta said that she had gift cards to provide to the mother when she went and visited her child, gave her her personal cell phone number and asked her to come to her personal residence to pick up the gift cards. When she arrived there, Niceta invited the target of this investigation into her house, offering her an alcoholic beverage. Once this member of the class declined what was clearly sexual advances, Niceta essentially turned on her and did everything in her power to make sure the child was permanently removed.”
Nicetta was once romantically involved with Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson.
Wilson was fired in April after backlash over the death of Elijah McClain, a young black man who died during a 2019 police encounter.
The lawsuit filed Wednesday seeks class-action status and the suit alleges more than 40 people have been affected by Niceta and the county.
Niceta resigned from her position with the Arapahoe County Department of Human Services in May and that’s when she was arrested and charged criminally for allegedly falsely reporting child sex abuse allegations.
Hundreds of families possibly torn apart
The lawsuit says that, “dozens, if not hundreds (or more), of Arapahoe County families have been torn apart, sometimes permanently, on the basis of constitutionally improper investigations, false sworn testimony by Arapahoe County employees, fabricated evidence introduced by Arapahoe County employees in both investigatory and judicial proceedings, and a downright inexplicable, unfounded, and unjust desire to separate or attempt to separate children from their parents or other caretakers.”
Niceta is expected in court Monday for her arraignment stemming from the criminal charges.
If she’s found guilty here’s to hoping she’s put away for a long, long time.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.